For Immediate Release: 10.02.09
CROYDON GREENS TODAY EXPRESSED THEIR DISAPPOINTMENT AT LABOUR’S LATEST WADDON BY ELECTION LEAFLET AS THE CAMPAIGN REACHES A NEW LOW.
The latest Labour Party leaflet manufactures the claim that the Tories plan for a Purley Way incinerator (1 ).
Green Party candidate for Thursday’s by election Mary Davey said:
"The Green Party have been involved with the South London Waste Plan consultation from the start. “We have submitted a 5000 word document (2) to the consultation detailing our concerns, including our commitment to recycling and waste minimization, and our opposition to incineration.
We took a balanced and responsible approach when we placed this story in our Waddon by-election leaflet.
"What seems to have happened is that the Labour Party have seen our leaflets (3) and have realised they can try and make some cheap political capital from this issue.
"They could have adopted a principled position like ours rather than a last minute attack on a technology a Labour government and Labour councils have endorsed, the length and breadth of the country, for example in Bristol and Mansfield. Instead of following our principled position, they have decided to whip up people’s anxieties. It's nothing short of scaremongering. No wonder the electorate is cynical about politicians. "
The Green Party has seen the full document (4) on which Labour’s tawdry leaflet is based. This document does not suggest an Incinerator will be built at Factory lane. It’s an internal document produced by Merton Council, several months ago, primarily looking at the alternative options for financing any future installations.
Spokesperson for Croydon Green Party, Shasha Khan added:
"We are not for one minute defending the Conservative council’s approach because they along with Merton, Sutton and Kingston Council may opt for an incinerator but what Labour have done is taken a quote completely out of context in order to win last minute votes. It's disgraceful behaviour and those involved should be thoroughly ashamed. This form of politics is outdated and needs to come to an end."